The Department of Petroleum Resources on Tuesday said it sealed eight independent petroleum stations in Sokoto and Kebbi for allegedly selling petrol above the government approved pump price.
The Sokoto zonal operations controller, Mohammed Makera, made the disclosure when he addressed newsmen in Sokoto on Tuesday.
Mr. Makera, who gave an update on the fuel supply situation in the zone, said five of the sealed stations were in Sokoto State, while three were in Kebbi.
He said the sealed filling stations were selling the product at between N105 per liter and above.
Mr. Makera said the affected filling stations were fined N100,000 each, while their products were sold at government approved pump price of N86.50.
The controller said the department was partnering with the State Security Services to stop filling stations from operating at night.
“Some of them were in the habit of dispensing products in the night after our officials have closed from work by 6 p.m.
“SSS operatives will henceforth be assisting us by carrying out surveillance on all the 609 filling stations currently licensed in the two states.
“DPR will use such intelligence reports to appropriately sanction any erring filling stations in the two states,’’ he said.
Mr. Makera assured that the department would always strive to ensure that motorists get value for their money whenever they purchase petroleum products.